Vyzitsa. A village with uniquearchitecture
Vyzitsa, one of the most beautiful villages of Pelion, is located between the villages Milies and Agios Georgios Nileias. It is 28 km from Volos and has been proclaimed a listed settlement. It received the 'Golden Apple' award that characterizes most well-preserved traditional settlements. In harmony with nature, that seems to have been especially generous to this region, are a large number of mansions, picturesque cobblestone roads and traditional towers that are a sign of the economic welfare of the past. The history of Vyzitsa begins at the 16th century, when it was inhabited mainly by Greeks from Egypt who built most of the mansions seen while walking through the roads. The renovation of the old mansions by the GNTO (Greek National Tourism Organization) that started in 1976, gave the village a boost. Today, at the paved square of the settlement one can enjoy a cup of coffee in the shade of the perennial plane-trees, refresh oneself with the water running from a stone-made fountain and walk on the paved paths in order to explore the village and the surrounding area. It is worth visiting the Holy Monastery of Agios Ioannis the Baptist, built in 1789 by Dimos Zoupaniotis and the three-aisle basilica church of Zoodohos Pigi. Vyzitsa, due to its 'strategic' location in the center of Pelion, allows visitors to enjoy the mountains as well as the sea. They can either rush out to the snow covered slopes and enjoy winter activities or walk down to the beautiful beaches of the Aegean Sea and the Pagasetic Gulf. In addition, there are unique nature trails for trekking fans.